Prince Philip’s best public encounters

Prince Philip's best public encounters
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Prince Philip's death on Friday has led to an outpouring of tributes over the weekend, often prompted by personal recollections from those who encountered the former consort in person. His prominence in British public life for more than 70 years meant that an incredible 22 per cent of people in the UK are reported as having met the Duke of Edinburgh, or seen Prince Philip in person, according to a YouGov poll. This number is exceeded only by the Queen herself, at 31 per cent.

Steerpike has rounded up 15 stories of people meeting His Royal Highness, many of which are only being publicised now for the first time. They include former MPs – for whom Philip never appeared to have much time – students, soldiers and professionals drawn from the worlds of academia, music, sport and journalism.

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